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CODER Crew’s Picks of the Week: Paper Diamond, Sky Ferreira and More

Dana Tarr
Paper Diamond

Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Lauren and Elissa have to say.

Paper Diamond & Christian Rich feat. Angela McCluskey, "XIX" (Elm & Oak)

While many dance tracks are all about the beat, there's something special about a truly enchanting vocal being the driving force. Somehow both glitch and airy, "XIX" showcases Angela McCluskey’s stunning, subtle voice. She’s of Telepopmusik fame, but more recently known for her hit "In The Air" with Morgan Page. Onetime Pretty Lights cohort Paper Diamond and L.A. duo Christian Rich craft the perfect accompaniment for her vocals. They’re summery, wistful, and reggae-infused electronic sounds. -Lauren

Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing” (MK Dub) (Capitol)

The best dubs go beyond the basics of the format, and make those vocal loops sound as if they absolutely need to be repeated. Such is the case with MK’s dub of Forever 21 poster girl Ferreira’s breakout single, which hit SoundCloud two days ago after the full remix was posted in February. The samples of Ferreira’s harmonic “Baby” ebb and flow in intention and urgency, draining all the ‘80s out of the original and making it a DJ tool for proper house jocks. -Kerri

Mount Kimbie, "Made to Stray" (Warp)


This week, U.K. duo Mount Kimbie (Dominic Maker and Kai Campos) announced the May 28 release of its sophomore album (and first for Warp), “Cold Fault Less Youth.” They also dropped one of its tracks, "Made to Stray." The new tune hints that the album will explore housier and poppier territory. The pair's penchant for plink-plonk percussion is strong here, with drum hits that sound like someone rapping their knuckles on wood, but a four on the floor kick lends it a driving house momentum. The beat builds for over three minutes, and eventually collapses into a chorus of wispy singing. -Elissa

Slava, “Werk” (Software)

If you’re sick of ’90s revivalism, you’re not alone with that neon slap bracelet. Russian-born, New York-based producer Slava avoids the nostalgia, however, and works classic elements of NYC house through a 2013 machine on “Werk.” The result is a funky, tense, and a little dirty. The video (helmed by Michael Intile) starts in an office and werks its way to a laser field of agit-house vogueing. This is the only way to revisit pre-smoking ban, Clinton-era club life. -Zel